So what did I see in The Courier? I saw one of Findlay’s leading perpetrators of terminological inexactitudes, Don Iliff, refer to me as “poorly educated.”

Don, your Saul Alinskyan attempt to defame me is just sad. You know nothing of my education, and you can’t disprove the fact that your entire previous letter came from someone else’s mind, without one original thought, so you attack my intelligence?

I could send you a copy of the letter informing me I made the dean’s list in college? Or the commendation letter I received from the commander at the Navy school I attended for completing their course with the highest score of anyone who ever attended: a total grade of 98.6. Or perhaps you would like to see the commendation for completing submarine school with a ranking of 3 out of, I forget, 40 or so students? I didn’t even study there, just took notes and never went back to look at them.

There is more to show, including my completion of training at the air traffic controller academy in Oklahoma City, which is no cakewalk.

Enough about me, let’s take a dialectic look at your latest diatribe aimed at me and the president.

You wrote that you had quoted public knowledge found from many sources, including experts in the field of pandemics including Politico. That is a lie, there was no “quoting” involved, just a bit of copy and pasting. Do you not know that every time you copy and paste, God kills a kitten?

You also say the current roller coaster ride of the markets is Trump’s fault. That’s another lie. The meteoric rise of the stock markets over the last 3 years (setting records nearly every day) was Trump’s fault, but I don’t recall you complaining about that!

You go on to say that Trump called the coronavirus a hoax. That is a lie that even the liberally biased Snopes debunked. Look it up.

Why can you never give us something beneficial, Don? I advised folks to quit plucking nose hairs, which could save lives. What have you got?

Dave Malone



I worked in the aerospace industry when we made basically GPS systems to go the moon. After landing, a mathematician said the math of going to the moon could be known in advance. What amazed him was the engineers who could make equipment precisely following mathematical laws. A top management friend said he, too, was impressed by contributions of both the mathematicians and engineers, but he was amazed by the systems management of prime and subcontractors across the country. This was a successful venture of public and private governance showing what we can do when working together. Going to the moon was a government-sponsored program initiated by Kennedy, but it was executed by all of us when working as a unit.

In the Great Recession of 2007-2009, there was political cooperation between both political parties during the government transition phase that helped us recover faster than any other country in the world.

In many ways what is going on now reminds me of both the Great Depression and Great Recession, along with a pandemic. The big difference is that we have much more experience to deal with severe financial crises today than we did in the 1930s and mid-2000s.

In addition, we have more medical resources available today than were available during the Spanish flu of 1918-1920, which killed more people than World War I.

Today it’s true that we have excess debt already, but the interest on this debt needed to stimulate the economy is historically low and manageable. Under these circumstances, we need to ask ourselves once more what can we do for our country when seeking out anyone, private or public, who really knows anything. It helps to be confident about what we don’t know, not just what we do, so we can learn again that we are smarter together than we are apart. We need, in short, faith in us, the same kind of faith that got us through the Depression, World Wars I and II, the Great Recession and now the coronavirus.

Tom Murphy